Long before cities like Beacon and Hudson lured New York City weekenders and out-of-towners, Rhinebeck served as the go-to Hudson Valley retreat. These days, the riverside spot is as charming as ever, with its abundance of boutique shops, manicured sidewalks, and on-trend restaurants.
Regardless of whether you visit on the regular or have never stepped foot into town before, make this the year you take advantage of all that Rhinebeck has to offer. Try our guide first, then make your own when you plan a return trip — which you will.
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Every day, without fail, locals and visitors alike flock to Samuel’s Sweet Shop for coffee, candy, and confections. The spot serves Toby’s Estate Brooklyn coffee to balance out the sugar-centric menu. Pair your caffeine with a fresh apple turnover, muffin, or any other pastry on offer that morning. If you happen to pick up a bit of candy while you’re there, we don’t blame you.
42 E Market St
Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Wilderstein Historic Site charms with its Queen Anne style design and expansive grounds. On select dates throughout the year, visitors can tour the mansion and explore the vintage treasures that the Suckley family amassed during their three generations inside the house. Outside, 40 acres of manicured gardens and grasses call to hikers and walkers.
330 Morton Rd
The Amsterdam brings European flavor to Hudson Valley cuisine in the heart of Rhinebeck. Open for lunch and dinner, The Amsterdam delights with tapas style bites like a roasted carrots with yogurt and pistachios, vegan eggplant toast, and smoked salmon tartine.
6380 Mill St
If you visit Rhinebeck over the weekend, don’t leave without making a trip to the Aerodrome on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. That’s when the airshows, the high-flying spectacles with historic planes and skilled pilots, take place. Biplane rides are available both before and after the shows, and the museum is open daily.
9 Norton Rd
When it comes to shopping, Rhinebeck is a dream destination. With quaint boutiques lining the picturesque Market and Mill Streets, it is all too easy to lose track of time as you hop from one storefront to the next. For a truly unique experience, head to A.L. Stickle, Megabrain Comics, or Oblong Books & Music. They’re the perfect places to find a one-of-a-kind gift or the knickknack you never knew you needed.
As the winner of not one, but two Readers’ Picks in our 2017 Best of Hudson Valley Awards, Terrapin is a required stop on any successful trip to Rhinebeck. For a more casual meal, head to the Red Bistro, where you can munch on Hudson Valley Cattle Company hamburgers, BBQ duck quesadillas, and artichoke and ricotta ravioli. On fancier occasions, make a reservation for the Dining Room, where you can savor Hudson Valley cheese plates, blue cheese crusted filet mignon, and seasonal fruit crisp.
6426 Montgomery Rd
Instead of letting its historical origins fall to the wayside, the historic inn embraces them wholeheartedly. The 1766 Dutchess County building charms with an Americana aesthetic that includes an open hearth fireplace and a picturesque bar. Take it all in over a cheeky cocktail or Hudson Valley beer. Of course, the food is divine, too, in case you’re still feeling like a snack after dinner ends.
6387 Mill St
Mirbeau may be new-ish to the region, but it’s already a true Hudson Valley gem. The spa and hotel are both open for socially distant treatments and overnights, with full COVID-19 cleaning protocol in place. As for the rooms, they’re the ultimate in local luxury, thanks to thoughtful touches like cozy fireplaces, oversized bathrooms, and some of the most luscious beds we’ve ever seen.
46 W Market St.
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